When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hitman, Lyle.Written by
The late William Olvis (he passed away May 6, 2014) wrote the musical score that added so much to its suspense of this movie. He's famous for his beautiful soundtrack for the TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993) and has scored 18 other movies. See more »
When Michael Williams is leaving the ranch after fighting Lyle he is clearly seen tucking his gun into the back of his pants, yet in the next shot he still has the gun in his right hand. See more »
[Hitman Lyle from Dallas finds Michael laying down in the middle of the road]
What the fuck are you doing?
My car broke down.
Where? I don't see a car.
It's just over that ridge.
'Just over that ridge', huh? Well you're one lucky son of a bitch, aren't you? If I hadn't had my brakes just done, I'd be picking your brains out of my radiator. Fuck.
Look, I hate to ask you this, but do you think you could give me a ride?
I don't know. You're not dangerous, are you?
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"Red rock west" superbly ends on a train,while Dwight Yoakam's sensational "A thousand miles from nowhere" is heard during the final credits.One should note that the excellent soundtrack features two songs of the late great Johnny Cash and other chestnuts.
What about the movie?It's an excellent entertaining flick.Two tremendous leads :Nicolas Cage ,who always seems overtaken by events,always looking stupefied and Dennis Hopper who does not take his character seriously and deliciously overacts while displaying a lot of humor.All the supporting cast is excellent ,and as absolutely no one can be trusted in this money story,there are enough twists to satisfy the action-packed movie buff.One should notice that ,towards the end ,in the graveyard ,the movie verges on horror.
An excellent entertainment for a hard day's night.
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